Prosecutor Jack McCoy is getting a promotion to New York district attorney on “Law & Order” but viewers could see less of Sam Waterston, the actor who plays him.
McCoy will take over from New York D.A. Arthur Branch, who was played by Fred Thompson. A former U.S. senator, Thompson asked to be released from the NBC drama as he weighs a bid for the Republican nomination for president.
Waterston will begin his 14th season as McCoy, who was an executive assistant D.A., when the show returns in midseason. In past episodes, the district attorney’s character generally has been seen in brief scenes offering counsel to his staff.
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